Ranked: The 10 Best High Schools in Olympia, WA [2021 Edition]

Ranked: The 10 Best High Schools in Olympia, WA [2021 Edition]

Ranked: The 10 Best High Schools in Olympia, WA [2021 Edition]

Olympia, Washington has so many amazing things going for it. It’s a beautiful city full of great real estate, amazing scenery, and fantastic schools. There are so many great schools that each have their own special features. If you are thinking about making a move, have a look at this list of the best high schools in Olympia, Wa ranked from 10 all the way to number 1. 

#10  New Market High School | 7299 New Market Street SW, Tumwater, WA 98501


This high school is a public alternative school with a total of 47 students in grades 10-12. They have a student-to-teacher ratio of 34 to 1. They have been given the rating of #441 Most Diverse Public High Schools in the State by niche.com.

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#9  Secondary Options School | 7741 Littlerock Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512


Secondary Options is a public alternative school that has a total of 100 students in grades 8-12. They have a student-to-teacher ratio of 24 to 1 and an average graduation rate of 45%. They have been given the ranking of #504 Most Diverse Public High School in Washington.

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#8 Olympia Regional Learning Academy | 2400 15th ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501


This public alternative school has a total of 58 students in grades k-12. They have an excellent student-to-teacher ratio of 5 to 1. They have been graded with a B- from niche.com and they have also been ranked as the #178 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington and #195 Best High Schools for STEM in Washington. 

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#7  South Sound High School | 411 College St NE, Lacey, WA 98516


South Sound High School is a public alternative school that has around 104 students in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. They have been given a grade of B- from Niche.com and they have also been ranked as #87 Most Diverse Public High School in Washington.  

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#6 North Thurston High School | 600 Sleater Kinney Rd NE, Lacey, WA 98506


This high school has about 1,475 students in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. It has been given a B+ grade by niche.com and they have also ranked them as #89 Best College Prep Public High Schools in Washington, #110 Most Diver Public High Schools in Washington, and #113 Best Public High Schools in Washington. The school offers AP classes and a Gifted Program and they have an average graduation rate of 86%.

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#5  Avanti High School | 1113 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501


This highly-rated public high school has a total of 147 students in grades 9-12 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. They have been given a grade of B+ by niche.com and they have also been given the rankings of #16 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington, #91 Best Public High Schools in Washington, and #160 Best College Prep Public High School in Washington. They offer IB courses for students and have an average graduation rate of 75%.

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#4 A. G. West Black Hills High School | 7741 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater, WA 98512 


A.G. West Black Hills High School has a total of 867 students in grades 9-12 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. The school has been graded with an A- from niche.com along with being given the rankings of #52 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington, #78 Best Public High Schools in Washington, and #97 Best College Prep High School in Washington. The school offers AP courses and a Gifted Program and they have an average graduation rate of 92%.

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#3  Timberline High School | 6120 Mullen Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503


This public school has been rated highly and they have a total student population of 1,458 in grades 9-12. Their student-to-teacher ratio is 22 to 1 and they offer AP courses and a Gifted Program plus they have a graduation rate of 95%. The school has been given a grade of A- by niche.com and they have also been ranked as #43 Most Diverse Public High School in Washington, #64 Best Public High School in Washington, and #66 Best College Prep Public High Schools in Washington.

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#2  Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502


Capital High school has a total of 1,389 students in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. The school offers IB courses and has an average graduation rate of 92%. They have been graded with an A- by niche.com along with getting the ranking #57 Best Public High Schools in Washington, #59 Best College Prep Public High Schools in Washington, and #74 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington.

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#1 Olympia High School | 1302 North St SE, Olympia, WA 98501


Olympia High School is ranked as one of the best schools in Olympia, WA and has a student population of 1,879 students in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. They offer both AP and IB courses plus they have an average graduation rate of 92%. They have been given the grade of A by niche.com along with the rankings #21 Best Public High School in Washington, #22 Best College Prep Public High School in Washington, and #29 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington.

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There are plenty of great high schools in the Olympia area that are just waiting for your family to attend. It’s a great idea to look through the details of each school including the school rankings for Olympia Wa, before making your final choice. There are so many to choose from so choosing the one that suits you and your family’s needs is the best to have the highest chance of success. 

Ron Rougeaux, located in Olympia, Washington is a highly skilled and knowledgeable real estate agent. PNW Homes Group are committed to their key core values of trustworthiness, integrity, and loyalty providing quality service is his highest priority. Whether you are buying, selling, or curious about the market, PNW Homes has the answers. 

The 8 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Olympia, WA [2021]

The 8 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Olympia, WA [2021]

Best Neighborhoods Olympia

The capital of Washington State is 60 miles south of Seattle on the southern end of Puget Sound. Budd Inlet goes right into the center of the city.  Olympia is a perfect place for those who love the outdoors as well as love the city. The ocean is a little way to the west, and the mountains are a little way to the north and east. Tacoma and Seattle are a short drive.

Olympia has a decent cost of living – definitely more affordable than Seattle and Tacoma. They are very proud of their public transportation system with the Sounder Train and an extensive bus system. Amtrak also has routes to Tacoma and Seattle by train. Many people work for the government, but great jobs are available in technology, distribution, healthcare, and hospitality.

If you love the outdoors (and the rain), you’ll enjoy the many parks, forests, and waterways. Rock climbing, backpacking, and kayaking destinations are right outside your door. Mt. St. Helens, ocean beaches, and Hood Canal are a short drive. Heritage Park is next to the State Capitol, Capitol Lake, and downtown Olympia. The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a national natural landmark with 275 migratory bird species, marshes, and an abundance of salmon.

Those who like the performing and visual arts will not be disappointed in the selection of theaters, concerts, and art museums. The Squaxin Island Museum teaches visitors about native tribes in the area. The Wet Science Center is all about water. 

Living in Olympia, WA


Children attend the Olympia School District. There are 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools. There are several private schools, as well as good support for homeschooling families. South Puget Sound Community College and Evergreen State College provide associate, bachelor, and master’s degree programs for higher education.

With 33 neighborhoods on all sides of the inlet, moving to Olympia is all about finding your perfect home. Some have gorgeous views of the water, some have great proximity to downtown, some are great for families, and some are on the outskirts where it’s quiet.  Here are a few highlights to get you started.

Cain Road


Cain Road has 835 newer upscale homes supported by an active homeowner’s association. Home prices vary from $350,000 to $930,000. The majority of the homes were built in the 1950s through the 1990s. Most homes have 3-4 bedrooms.  The average commute time is 10-19 minutes. The median household income is nearly twice that of the rest of Olympia. There are two local parks in the area – Watershed Park and McGrath Woods Park.  Children who attend the Washington Middle School do not have to go far.

Middle School

Castlewood


Castlewood is a larger community with a population of 1266 and a median home price of $325,000. This is a family community with residential homes and amenities. There are several parks in the area, including LBA Park, Margaret McKenny Park, and Chambers Lake Trailhead Park. Johnson Berry Farm is close by for berry picking.  Children attend Margaret McKenny Elementary School and Washington Middle School. 

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East Bay Drive


A narrow neighborhood right on the coastline, East Bay Drive has condominiums, waterfront properties, and gorgeous homes. There are beaches in your backyard, and nearby at Priest Point Park. Take a hike on the rocky beachfront alongside Ellis Cove.  East Bay Drive has a population of 193 and a median home price of $850,000, with homes selling as high as $1.2 million.

Eastside


Eastside is a mix of residential and businesses and is close to downtown for easy commutes. One of the older neighborhoods in the area, its history dates back to the mid-1800s. Homes are modest in size, with a median price of $394,000. The active neighborhood association sponsors community events such as the Annual Summer Picnic.

Indian Creek


A quieter neighborhood with an older population, Indian Creek has 539 residents. This is a great place for retirees and those looking for a safe and secure area.  The median home price is $327,490. There are several parks for walking, including Woodland Trail / Frederick Street Crossing and McGrath Woods Park. There are also several churches in the neighborhood, including Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Church of Living Water.

Nottingham


With a taste of England in the neighborhood and street names, Nottingham is a delightful area. With a population of 203, this small community is one of the most affluent and safest. It’s very close to shopping and restaurants. Schools in the area are Pioneer Elementary, Sunrise Beach School, and Olympia High School.  

South Capitol


Located south of downtown and the state capitol building, this neighborhood is excellent for those who work in the downtown area. The median home price is $577,000, and the homes are older with established trees in their yards.  The city’s oldest school – Lincoln Options Elementary (built in 1922), is in this neighborhood. Tennis courts, picnic areas, and turf ball fields are found at Stevens Field. Young professionals and families make South Capitol their home within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, arts events, and a produce market.

Coffee Shops in South Capitol

South Westside  


Many of the more desirable neighborhoods are on the east side of the inlet, but South Westside is an exception.  This is one of the largest neighborhoods in terms of population. Homes here average in price from $420,000 to $530,000. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, and fitness facilities. The Capital Philharmonic is located in South Westside.  It’s dog-friendly and walkable. There are several public and private schools that children can attend. There are plenty of green spaces and access to the inlet at Marathon Park.

Moving to Olympia, WA


For an area with great schools, friendly tree-lined neighborhoods, plenty of outdoor activities, special events, and fresh produce and seafood, you can’t beat Olympia, WA. With views of Mt. Ranier and Puget Sound, there’s city life in the middle of an outdoor mecca. Find the local hangouts and enjoy the best of the pacific northwest.

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We Survived Crazy Heat Wave Record! – IN THE PNW-

Survived Crazy heat Wave Record! With no central AC in the house, and tinfoil on the windows, and 2 roll ac units in the kids bedrooms we made it. We started the morning off normally and dropped the kids off to summer camp which they were so excited about (add day camp/yay for us parents). Then I was crazy busy with real estate with morning home showings and getting 1 seller and 1 buyer under contract and 1 new listing. Then I wrapped the morning up with a relaxing Pedi, yes it was amazing lol, they had AC.

When I arrived home about lunch time, @brandy and I were busy tin foiling the windows and I jumped on the roof for the sky light. Of course I didn’t wear shoes, and the roof was scorching. So I quickly taped my feet then back to tin foiling the skylight. After that I keep myself busy with paperwork for the county with building permits for our new build. (Seemed appropriate sweating a filling out multiple forms Thurston county seemed very symbolic).

Then with many jumps in the lake and then laying on the floor in the kids rooms watching a show on the lab top with brandy, eating a lot of watermelon, watering all the plants multiple times a day, hosing down all the animals and fans on them, picking up the mail and getting my adventure magazine that seemed extremely appropriate for the day. We had a busy day, but I was so happy as the PNW is beautiful even in record breaking heat and of course with Brandy by my side it is always an adventure.

I love the heat, Brandy and pets not so much. And the kids chilled in their rooms on Ipad after summer camp. But overall it builds character and reminds me why I work so hard – to pay for all the electric for all the fans/ac units running. I love reminding Brandy we live in the PNW and we don’t need AC, which never goes over well, lol. Although maybe the future will change with hotter weather, central AC may be required.

Hope everyone did well yesterday as well!

Stop and Look Around

I will say it is very easy somedays to just completely get engulfed in work, or life and completely stop to look around. I know it is a little cliché to say, but I have to remember to look around. I will admit it is very easy somedays for me to forget that we live in/on the puget sound. If you don’t actually see the water or work by it, you forget how beautiful it is.

Today I have clients downtown and I stopped into one of my favorite places, Budd Bay Cafe and they have one of the best calm chowders, and of course a great view of the water and boats.

Just a quick update, if you are running around like crazy and working all the time, don’t forget to take it all in or it will just fly by.

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We live somewhere beautiful – PNW

The saying goes “Where you hang your Hat” is Home. Well I can say I absolutely love living in the PNW, in Washington State. Or more accurately Lacey, WA or Olympia, Wa as everyone just groups us in with Olympia – The Capital of Washington State.

I have live a lot of places, and loved all of them, but my heart will always bring me back home to the PNW. Sometimes its hard to describe, and understand. For the locals it is a no brainer, fresh air, fresh water, mountains, trees and desert all in one state. We have Canada to the north and Oregon to the South and the Pacific Ocean to the West. You can’t beat how this is the furtherest north you can go in the continuous 49, expect for Alaska.

When you look around, and especially in Olympia, it is like a time warp. Yes its the capital of the state, but when I walk into the county court house for real estate permits. It is like traveling back into time, a simpler time, the smells, the sights all reflect an era that is long and gone, except for in Olympia, WA. When you walk down the streets and go into the shops and restaurants. It is a friendly warm welcome, as if you have always been a local. I would even say you get more room to make this city your own, as the constraints of a big city or new age era is so structured and ridged with protocols, where here you have the luxury of more freedom.

Some will see a different side, but if you know what to look for, this place is as good as it gets in my mind. I am so happy we decided to make this our home, not only for our children. Where they can have a glimpse of the world I grew up in, it helps them understand that there is more then just being a robot with standardized structure. Here you can you, see the old with the new. A launch port for exploring the world outside the United States. Plus Washington state in its self is almost a replica of the entire US, in a complete small scale minus the east coast atmosphere and south.

If you are looking for a place to call your own in the PNW – Call me – 360.338.8355

*** I will make sure to tell you the history, the legends, the facts and everything you should and need to know when buying out here in the PNW. And if you do make the change, welcome to the last wild west country in the United States!

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Investing in homes in Olympia, WA

Olympia, WA has always been a sleepy town and a great place to raise a family. What has finally started turning the corner is the home investors are finally really coming out of the wood works and noticing that there is more and more people moving to Olympia. With this flipping homes has become more and more of a popular item. The catch is the home prices have risen so much that finding a home for a great price to flip is harder and harder.

I am very lucky to have the opportunity to flip three more homes on waterfront on Long Lake, in Lacey, WA. The homes all home plenty of land, there are two waterfront lots, and the third home lot, can be subdivided in two 4 lots.

Stay tuned as I take you through the entire process of how I flip the homes.

Here is some starter pics.

Also please check out my website at PNW Homes Group Website if you are looking to sell or buy a home.

And please find my Youtube channel link if you want to watch my videos Captain Ron’s Real Estate Tips

 

 

BUYING AND SELLING OLYMPIA HOMES IN SUMMER

Summertime is so beautiful in Olympia, with the warm sunny days and all of the outdoors to enjoy. There’s Lakefair and fireworks and downtown Olympia activities to explore. Olympia truly shines during the summer, and is often when we have the most residents returning, and tourists visiting. Summer is also a wonderful time to relax at home. In the real estate market, whether you are looking to buy or sell, there are a few things to consider during these wonderful summer months in Olympia.

Many homeowners believe that summer is also a good time to start thinking about getting ready to list their home. What they don’t realize is that the real estate buying season is actually slowing down! Strangely enough, even with all the benefits summertime in Olympia brings, it probably won’t be the best time to list your home. Many homebuyers in South Puget Sound area are most actively looking for homes during the spring, so that they can be moved in their new home in time to enjoy it for the summer. Who really wants to move all that heavy furniture and boxes in 80 degree weather if they can help it?

Now, with school starting soon and families out on vacations, fewer home buyers are shopping for those homes that are just now hitting the market. But hold on, there is hope! The best way to buy or sell a home in Olympia is to have an experienced team of local professionals that can get the job done for you. You need agents that know each and every neighborhood and all the dynamics of the area that make Olympia what it is. At PNW Homes Group, that’s exactly what you’ll get! We all love Olympia, and we all love helping people get the most out of what she has to offer, and buying or selling a home here is no different.

The ebbs and flows of the real estate market can be tricky to anticipate, but just like the locals that know when the tides will be coming in or out, we are your local guides to all things Olympia real estate. We are standing by to help you with any situation. So give us a call, send us an email, and check us out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at PNWHomesGroup.com.

Sunrises & Homes – Olympia, Washington

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Olympia Washington has amazing sunrises and sunsets. But nothing beats a beautiful sunrise to get your morning started. Today from my home, I had a double sunrise, one right out of the window and one right on the news. I absolutely love where I live, and when you have a real estate broker, like myself who loves where they live. It will show through my work, when I am showing you homes or when I know about homes that are not on the market yet that will be. For example, I know of a home coming on with a beautiful view around my home that could be up for grabs.

I also want to say thank you to my amazing clients that are moving out here from the east coast, and trusted me in their purchase of the home remotely. Not only did they get a amazing home, and they are great people, but on top of that we negotiated a new roof on the home as well. They will stay nice a dry now, and have a beautiful home in a great neighborhood at the end of a cul-de-sac.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with helping you buy or sell a home for you. Or if you are interested in special areas or homes that might be coming on the market soon. I love Olympia, Washington and I am positive you and your family will as well.

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Amazing Smart Home on 5 Acres – w/ 360 Views

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You know when you have that perfect balance of elegance and spacious living, this home is the place. The home sits on 5+ acres in Tumwater SD on top of Sunset Ridge. Unobstructed Mt. Rainier and Capital Peak views surround this beautiful 4197 square foot custom two story Craftsman. Extensive custom woodwork and cabinets, Brazilian granite and Brazilian cherry hardwoods enrich this open floor plan which includes the Master on the main floor, 3 bedrooms, 2 offices, large bonus room and an oversized 3 car garage. Room to expand with a shop and sport court.

You are living the country dream, and only minutes from amenities and 20 miles from downtown Olympia, and only 60 miles to Seattle.

For more information and pictures please click the link below.

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Wind and No power – Home quality of Life

When the wind is blowing and of course in Washington State the trees are abundant, which equals branches falling on power lines everywhere. Which means disrupted or no power for hours to maybe a day or two for you and your home.

When looking at buying or building a home. A major question should be is the house wired for a generator?

Yes you can be like be, I have a generator from Cabela’s. And the generator works great. Here are the issues though. I am running my extension cords from the side of the home where I have my generator behind the fence. Then the cords go through the garage door in to the house and I plug in the key essentials, Fridge, phone and any items we would like to have the luxury of usage. It definitely works and is a nice way to get a little bit of power. Plus we have the wood burning fireplace for some heat. But every time the power goes out, I always say, “I wish my house was wired for a generator”.

Then all I would have to do is start the generator on the outside of my home. It is wired in to the house and I have the selected items I want on the generator running. No extension cords, no trying to figure out which items I can use. It is all setup and running. Now I will admit it is kinda of fun, running the extension cords and really feel like I am trying to survive a zombie apocalypse, but after the few times, yay I’m good. And the next house I buy or build, will be wired for a generator.